Sometimes conservative Christians are really good at demonstrating why the Left — and, well, most of the world — ridicules and mocks us on a seemingly daily basis. This was the case a few days ago when bearded, baseball cap-wearing, scratchy-throated Christian selfie-videographer hipster-evangelist dude Joshua Feuersetin, who may be Kevin James’s long-lost brother, posted a now-viral Facebook video in which he launched into a rant about Starbucks’ recent decision to forgo their festive Christmas cups in favor of more neutral, minimalistic red cups.
“Do you realize that Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off their brand new cups?…Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus,” said Mr. Feuersetin.
And in a message to The Washington Post, he added: “It’s not just about a cup. The cup is symbolic of a larger war against Christianity in this country.”
Starbucks is calling them “holiday cups” and said in an official statement: “This year’s design is another way Starbucks is inviting customers to create their own stories with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas.” (Uh, yeah, whatever that means.)
Obviously, this sort of thing is a clear indication that the world is on the verge of apocalyptic extinction and it might even be a sign of the Devil — not to mention the cup's unmistakable mirroring of the red communist China flag. (Subtle, but it’s there, right?) Of course, Mr. Feuersetin isn’t alone in his social media sermonizing about all of this. He should be, but he’s not. The hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks went viral as well, with a small (very small) handful folks lambasting the coffee giant for removing the word “Christmas” from their cups, along with other sacred religious symbols like snowflakes and polar bears, and vowing to boycott the company entirely:
Everyone else in the thread seemed more upset that people were actually upset about the color of a disposable coffee cup.
You know, every time Christians hop on the boycott-bandwagon, they just end up looking like the rightwing, over-analytical, religious, bigoted nut-job zealots that everyone thinks they are anyway. Moreover, they completely besmirch everything that the Christian faith stands for and represents. Remember all of the stupid outrage over the Monster energy drink logo last year? I’m not sure why so many believers are shocked when a non-Christian company does something that is non-Christian. Do you really expect Starbucks to exhibit any sort of religious awareness in their product designs? Did you expect to see a cross or a manger scene anywhere on those cups? Maybe a few wise men, baby Jesus and some camels? Seriously?
Anyway, I think it’s important to realize that these people do not speak for most Christians and are not representative of the Christian faith as a whole. In fact, I had to scroll through Twitter for quite a while to even find four or five users outraged over this horror. The rest — like me — are simply outraged over all the outrageous outrage that isn't really outrage in the first place.
And, that’s sort of the point here. This entire “controversy" isn’t a controversy at all. It’s nothing more than faux hysteria ginned up as contentious debate by some social media trolls who obviously have too much time on their hands and liberal news outlets determined to portray the majority of religious conservatives as hypersensitive, eternally-offended idiots. Unfortunately, all that it took was a few silly Christians complaining about red coffee cups and the godless anti-Christian camp was off to the races because this sort of story fits their narrative. To be fair: Starbucks hasn’t even remotely removed every mention of Christmas from their stores or their products. They still have a special “Christmas blend” coffee, still sell gift cards that read “Merry Christmas” and they still sell Advent calendars. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that an Advent calendar is a bit more representative of religiosity than some snowflakes or reindeer on the side of a cup.
Let me be clear: I’m not making fun of people like Joshua Feuersetin or belittling his convictions. After all, I can’t see the man’s heart. I’m sure that he’s a great guy and he may very well believe that he’s doing the Lord’s work by bravely embarking on a crusade against cranberry-colored coffee cups. But, I do believe that we have a fundamental disagreement on what it means to be a Christian in today’s culture. Also, I think that whatever Mr. Feuersetin’s original intentions were, it all got lost in the translation somewhere. His message is not coming across as the Good News of the Gospel, but as taunts, jabs and threats. I honestly don’t see how this advances the cause of Christ.
Moreover, I believe there are far worse atrocities in our country — and around the world — than Starbucks’ red cups. There are far more wicked, vile and disgusting things worthy of outrage and condemnation. This is all about perspective or, well, lack of perspective. Think about it:
ISIS is decapitating Christians and planting bombs on passenger planes.
Women and children are sold into the sex slavery market every day around the world.
The United States allows the legal slaughter of over 3,000 innocent babies every day; one million babies per year.
Hollywood markets transgenderism to kids under the guise of family-friendly entertainment.
The pornography industry rakes in billions of dollars every year.
America has destroyed the definition and sanctity of marriage in the name of political correctness.
Thousands of people die of starvation and lack of water every day in countries around the globe.
So why are we worried — or even pretending to be worried — about the color or design of the cup that will be holding our overpriced coffee? Honestly, if you’re standing in line at Starbucks, you’re already better off than most people in the world anyway.
The real truth in all of this is that America is no longer the Christian nation she once was. Yes, Christmas is a Christian holiday, but it is no longer celebrated as such by the vast majority of folks in this country. It’s been commercialized and propagandized to death. It’s a secular holiday now, as is the case with just about everything else once deemed historically sacred. Starbucks isn’t guilty of secularizing anything. They are merely recognizing that America is already secularized.
Honestly, I’d love nothing more than to live in an America that recognized and celebrated Christmas as the birth of Jesus Christ. But, our country doesn’t do that because it would mean having to celebrate Christ every other day of the year, not just on Easter and Christmas. And, unfortunately, I don’t foresee that happening any time soon.
Mature Christians shouldn’t be wasting their time worrying about Starbucks cups. I haven’t seen many that are, but if they’re out there, they speak only for themselves. The rest of us have more important things to worry about.